- Jaya Tirtha
- Brahmanya Tirtha
- Vyasa Tirtha
- Madhavendra Puri
- Ishvara Puri
- Lord Chaitanya
- Rupa Goswami
- Raghunatha Goswami
- Krishnadasa Kaviraja
- Narottama Das Thakur
- Vishvanatha Cakravati
- Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja
- Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
- Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja
- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
- A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
A Brief Synopsis
In Bhagavad-gita (4.2) Lord Krishna says:
imam rajarsayo viduh
sa kaleneha mahata
yogo nastah parantapa
Translation: “This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost”
Her disciplic succession called the Sri Sampradaya has unlimited branches and sub-branches. After Ramanuja became the Acarya in this sampradaya it took the name Ramanuja-sampradaya. Ramanujacharya earlier known as Laksmanacharya is the author of the Ramanuja-Bhashya. Lord Brahma is the leading disciple of the supreme Lord Narayana.
His sampradaya is known as Brahma sampradaya with disciples all over the world. In this sampradaya, Sri Madhva significantly contributed by writing a commentary on the Brahma-sutras. After this, the sampradaya became known as the Madhva-sampradaya.
The supreme Lord Narayana also has Lord Rudra as His disciple. Vishnusvami was a leading disciple in the Rudra Sampradaya. Vishnusvami was very influential and a learned scholar of all the scriptures. After him, this disciplic succession came to be known as the Vishnusvami-sampradaya.
The Sri, Brahma, Rudra, and Kumara sampradayas spread their influence by dividing into other sampradayas. In the Ramanuja-sampradaya, Sri Ramanandacharya was highly respected. He had many disciples and grand-disciples. Similarly Sri Vallabhacharya appeared in the Vishnusvami-sampradaya. He wrote a commentary named Anubhasya, which is highly respected. His disciplic succession is known as the Vallabha-sampradaya.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada comes in the brahma-madhva-gaudiya disciplic succession.
Besides following the holy scriptures and your conscience, you have to associate with saintly persons and follow the instructions of the bona fide spiritual master.The bona fide spiritual master comes from a line of bona fide masters that start with God (Lord Sri Krishna) Himself. As a result, he knows God’s will and can impart it to the sincere seeker.
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
The Six Goswamis
Srila Jiva Goswami
Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
Srila Raghunatha Das Goswami
Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami
Srila Sanatana Goswami
Our Past Acharyas
Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur
The Current Acharya
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.